Bob Odenkirk may have already put together a new AMC show. According to Variety’s report, the “Better Call Saul” star has been added to the cast to lead a new dramatic series currently in development at AMC.
Based on Richard Russo’s novel of the same name, the series is named “Straight Man”. The series tells the story of a midlife crisis at Railton College, and William Henry Devereaux, Jr., head of the English department at an underfunded university in the rust belt of Pennsylvania. (Odenkirk) narrated in the first person.
Aaron Zelman and Paul Lieberstein will adapt the novel for the screen and serve as executive producers on the series. Odenkirk will serve as executive producer alongside the lead role. Peter Farrelly serves as director and executive producer. Russo, Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero will also executive produce. TriStar TV and Gran Via will serve as studios. If the show is greenlit, it will debut in 2023.
Odenkirk first entered the AMC group by playing advertising lawyer Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad” in the series’ second season. In 2015, he started acting in the prequel series “Better Call Saul”. The second show will conclude with its sixth season, with the first half starting April 18 on AMC. The second half will start on 11 July.
Odenkirk says, “I loved the way Paul, Aaron and Richard looked at this excellent, funny novel. It will once again be a project with AMC that focuses on character depth and precision. This medium (academy) seems very relevant to the conversations we all have. “I’m interested in the tone of humanity and humor in the novel, and I can’t wait to play that role.”